(Please note: All riders/horse handlers must declare personal liability coverage. All prices include HST)

Horse Basics Presents... 

For 2020? Let's just say life is on hold while we negotiate our way through the pandemic.
All of our workshops and play dates have been cancelled. Please contact me to make private arrangements for working with you and your horse. Where there's a will, there's a way. 


If you're on Facebook, please ride on over to the Horse Basics page. There we have some good, respectful discussions that you are welcome to join or ask questions to connect with some insightful horsemen and horsewomen.

I will leave these offerings here from 2019 so you have an idea of what you will see in 2021!

Extreme Cowboy Obstacle Play Days
Starting Wednesday evenings in August and September 2019, come to Sweet Grass Farm to play on obstacles or receive instruction about negotiating obstacles for Extreme Cowboy Racing. Sessions will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
You don't have to race/compete to have fun with this!  Doing obstacle work is great for improving horsemanship and building a better relationship with your horse. 
Sessions are $45 or only $25 if you want to work on your own. Pre-registration required, limit of 6 riders please.

Here is a brief rundown of the 2019 Horse Basics Workshops that have been held so far in 2018/19 at Sweet Grass Farm. If you have any ideas of workshops you'd like to see here in 2019/20 season, give me a call or text to 519-855-1127. They have to be affordable, interesting, and fun!  

Saturday January 26, 2019 – Making a Rope Halter – Bring your horse’s head measurements and Darlene Sharpe will show you how to make a custom rope halter. All materials supplied. 

Saturday February 23, 2019/ Sunday March 24, 209 – (BOTH FULL!) Basics of Roping with Lisa Graham. In this clinic you have a chance to learn how to set up your rope, swing a rope and throw a rope. Learn how to keep your loop open and how to increase your chances of catching your target or obstacle. You’ll be swinging a rope like an old cowpoke by the end of day. This is ideal for Extreme Cowboy competitors to improve their roping skills. Lisa Graham is a long time equine enthusiast dabbling in many disciplines.  She started riding as an adult and jumped right into the rodeo circuit in her early 20’s. Lisa considers riding a continuous learning journey and is always looking for ways to improve her riding. Lisa will have ropes for sale as well. Please note this is a people only clinic - no need to bring a horse! 

Saturday March 30, 2019 - Goals Workshop 2019 – Sit down with the group to set out some goals for the upcoming season using SMART goal setting. Once you write down your goals you will be able to start on the path to make it happen! 

Saturday April 13, 2019 - Basics of Saddle Fitting - Join Heather Doig, RVT, Equine Massage Therapist, and Independent Schleese Western Saddle Fitter for a fun and informative workshop to learn the basics of western saddle fitting. She'll talk about factors affecting the fit or your saddle to you and your horse, review some horse and rider anatomy and biomechanics, and talk about the 9 key points of saddle fit. After a demonstration of the saddle support area and reflex point mapping, she will talk about solutions, empowering you to be your horse's best spokesperson! Individual consultation will be available after the workshop for an extra fee. Sign up soon - this one will sell out quickly! Payment is required to hold your spot.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - Basics of Foaling Workshop - This private event is full. Please call to arrange for me to guide your own personal journey through foaling and learn what to expect when she's expecting! 

For more information please watch for announcements on the Horse Basics Facebook Page, visit horsebackwriter.net, call/text 519-855-1127 or email karen.dallimore@gmail.com

Trail Pals Club 

Starting in June 2019 we’ll get together for a series of group sessions over the summer that will explore the fun art of practical trail riding. You’ll work with your own horse to develop their confidence by working through obstacles both in the yard and eventually while enjoying the trails. This is excellent preparation for those who wish to compete in entry-level trail showing or simply have a safer, handier, and more co-operative horse on the trail. Young horses are welcome to work in hand. Come to one or come to all and build on your efforts! 

Extreme Cowboy Racing/Cowboy Obstacle Park

Come out to find out more about Extreme Cowboy racing! It's an exciting sport for horses and riders of all levels where a horse and rider team are expected to complete a series of ranch and trail-related tasks in an enclosed arena. I've always got a course set up and I would love to tell you more about the strategies involved whether you want to compete or just enjoy the training. Cost: $25 for riders, free for auditors. Lessons are $45 per hour, or bring a group of up to 6 riders for $45 each for 3 hours.

The obstacles are not just for Extreme Cowboy racing - you'll find something to challenge you and your horse whether you compete or simply want to improve your horsemanship for recreational riding. It's also a nice break for horses to try something new or expose green horses to new experiences. Come and see what we've got!

Horse Day Erin/ OXC Erin

Be sure to mark June 8 & 9 on your calendar when we'll be bringing Alberta horseman David Cowley to the Erin Fairgrounds for a horsemanship/obstacle clinic as part of the inaugural Erin Horse Day event on the Saturday, followed by an exciting Ontario Xtreme Cowboy race on the Sunday. You won't want to miss this! For information visit www.horsedayerin.com or OXC Erin on Facebook. The race and clinic are both sold out but there's always room for spectators!

Goals Group 2019 

Make it your goal to join us in 2019! Goals in the past have included western dressage, trail riding, roping, trailer driving, longing and fitness, getting into a routine and getting everything done, aka time management, and many others. 

What do you want to achieve with your horse? If you’re not sure, or you know what you want but don’t know how to get there, consider joining us for Goals Group in 2018. English or western, novice or advanced, recreational or competitive, everyone needs a goal. 

This program begins with a Goals Workshop in February and is followed up with monthly meetings throughout the year. I can help you to discover your horse-related dreams, develop them into specific and achievable goals using SMART goal setting, then map out and follow a strategy to make them happen.  

Everyone is invited to host or co-host a monthly get together - a 'Fun Day' - with the rest of the group to enjoy their support and encouragement as we share our goals and check in. Internet access is recommended to share your monthly progress reports with the group via a private Facebook page. All breeds and disciplines are welcome. We wrap up in November with a potluck dinner and a re-cap of the year. You'll discover the power of friendship and networking that will have you coming back every year for more. Cost: $175 per person for the entire year!

Goals Workshop 

Get your friends together for a cup of tea and a goal workshop here at Sweet Grass Farm. I’ll take you through your dreams and help you to shape them into reality; I can help you reach your goal but only if you have one! By the time you head home, you’ll have a plan. 

At any time you can call me to arrange your own personal goal-setting workshop to explore and assess the possibilities of what you can achieve with your horse. Cost: $45 per person.

Private & Semi-Private Lessons 

Private or semi-private lessons are available with one of our horses or you can bring your horse to Sweet Grass Farm near Orton. I am an intermediate level rider with broad experience in handling, riding, showing and training. Read more here: who-am-i? Call or text for more information 519-855-1127, e-mail karen.dallimore@gmail.com or contact me through my Horse Basics page on Facebook. Cost: $45 per hour includes HST.